"I try not to have sex with someone who is not on meds.It'd be riskier for both of us." Jewell also meets a lot of HIV-positive potential suitors on the street, at the grocery store or neighborhood cafe. "In some ways, that is freeing because the stigma of HIV isn't that great." One of the first studies to look at the phenomenon of serosorting is taking place at UCSF's Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology."I exclusively date HIV-positive guys," Jewell said."I don't use condoms so it's easier to relate to somebody who is positive that way."It's eliminated the barrier of disclosure because it puts it right out there," Jewell said."What I was encountering before, with general dating sites, was people with profiles stating they wanted someone disease-free.
I'm good at finding entertainment in the community that is low-cost or free.
For Basinger, serosorting is like choosing a partner because he shares your values or beliefs.
"Seroselecting is like choosing somebody who is in the same church, like being Episcopalian or Methodist and wanting to marry an Episcopalian or a Methodist," he said. You don't have to explain." Lee Jewell, a 44-year-old parttime usher who lives in Hayes Valley, prefers to only date HIV-positive men because he would rather have sex without condoms.
"For positive men, they don't have to worry about HIV transmission to somebody who is negative," Katz said. " The answer is that health experts are more certain today about diagnosis of HIV than ever before, Katz said.
"You do still have to worry about sexually transmitted diseases. The HIV antibody test is more sensitive than when it was first introduced in 1986.